6,000 gar­ment work­ers go on strike in Viet­nam

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Around 6,000 gar­ment work­ers in the Thanh Hoa Prov­ince, lo­cated in the district of Thach Thanh

(in north­ern Viet­nam) went on strike, re­ports Reuter. The work­ers re­port­edly claimed that their com­pany, S&H Vina Co. Ltd., treated them in an ‘in­hu­mane’ man­ner in ad­di­tion to im­pos­ing sev­eral un­rea­son­able reg­u­la­tions. The strike be­gan when some work­ers placed an old fab­ric on the floor, af­ter lunch, to re­lax.

The su­per­vi­sor im­me­di­ately rep­ri­manded and asked them to sit on the ‘hard’ floor, lead­ing to over 2,000 work­ers stop­ping work im­me­di­ately. Soon, around 4,000 other work­ers also joined the protest.

The work­ers con­tin­ued the strike and pre­sented the com­pany a list of de­mands that in­cluded salary hike, ben­e­fits for chil­dren and bonus for se­nior em­ploy­ees. Proper travel al­lowances, ap­pro­pri­ate ma­ter­nity leaves as well as re­moval of penalty in case any worker is not able to come to the com­pany due to ill health were also amongst the de­mands placed. At present, the work­ers have to serve a 3-day no­tice even to avail a sick leave or take a leave in case of death in a fam­ily. The work­ers get only one paid leave ev­ery month.

The ‘un­rea­son­able’ laws of the com­pany seem to have in­fu­ri­ated the work­ers the most. A meet­ing was fi­nally or­ga­nized be­tween the man­age­ment and the gar­ment work­ers to re­solve the is­sue. Since the com­pany has re­moved the su­per­vi­sor who was in­volved in the in­ci­dent and also as­sured work­ers to con­sider some of their de­mands raised.

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